Nearly 3 in 5 Women Under 45 Worried About Birth Control Access Post-Roe
When news broke last week that the Supreme Court will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Jiana Menendez says she was shocked, but not surprised. Abortion providers have been preparing for the possibility for months, and say it will have ripple effects across the reproductive health landscape.
Now, new Morning Consult data shows public perception is already beginning to shift: 57% of women under 45 say they’re worried about their access to birth control if Roe falls, up from 46% in April, before the high court’s draft opinion leaked. Read more here.
During the Biden administration’s second Global Covid Summit, U.S. and world leaders committed another $3.1 billion for the international pandemic response, with the United States contributing $200 million and other countries promising more than $2 billion for the immediate effort and $962 million for the World Bank’s preparedness and global health security fund. The United States also said it finalized a deal to license 11 COVID-19 technologies to U.N. bodies, making the tools available to researchers and manufacturers worldwide. (Politico)
Before the pandemic, a quarter of Medicare patients treated in acute care hospitals were subject to patient harm, and 43% of these situations were likely preventable, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. Nearly a quarter of patients who experienced harm needed more treatments that likely drove “hundreds of millions of dollars” in additional Medicare and patient costs, the watchdog report said. (Fierce Healthcare)
White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha warned that Americans’ immunity to the coronavirus is fading, that the virus is evolving to become more contagious and that most people will need booster shots. In an interview with The Associated Press, Jha predicted that the next generation of COVID-19 vaccines will “provide a much, much higher degree of protection” this fall and winter, when officials expect to see another surge. (The Associated Press)
The meatpacking industry stoked “baseless” fears of a looming meat shortage and convinced the Trump administration to keep processing plants open in the early days of the pandemic despite the health risks, according to a select House committee investigation. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the committee chair, said the findings emphasize that the companies value production over their workers’ health. (The New York Times)
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said in an interview on Thursday that the COVID-19 death toll of 1 million people in the U.S. is “incredibly tragic” and added that “many of those deaths were avoidable.”
The first factory in Africa licensed to produce Covid-19 vaccines for the African market has not received a single order and may shut down that production line within weeks if the situation doesn’t change, according to executives of the company, Aspen Pharmacare.
Corporate America is facing a flurry of questions about how it provides health benefits in the wake of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft that indicates the federal right to abortion could be overturned.
The Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health merger is likely to get a close review from the Federal Trade Commission as the Biden administration has taken a tougher stance on healthcare consolidation, antitrust and legal experts say.
The Biden administration’s call to boost funding for nursing home inspections should improve state and federal oversight, but the extra money alone isn’t likely to fix longstanding problems that have undermined the process for years, resident advocates say.
Major hospital chain executives say they’re confident revenue growth and volume recovery are on the horizon, although whether or not business will pick up in the short term is largely up to whether the country will see another major surge before the end of the year.
Federal inspectors spotted the potential for baby formula made at an Abbott Laboratories plant to become contaminated months before a recall that exacerbated a nationwide shortage, a government document shows.
Hannah Norman and Victoria Knight, Kaiser Health News
It’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. use period-tracking apps to plan ahead, track when they are ovulating, and monitor other health effects. The apps can help signal when a period is late.
Online companies prescribing and dispensing medications like Adderall are garnering increasing scrutiny from clinicians and regulators who question whether doctors and nurses can really glean enough about patients over video chat to safely recommend controlled substances.
The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs continue to face challenges in their multibillion-dollar electronic health record implementation, according to news reports and a federal audit published last week.
Across almost every dimension we examine, the share of physicians accepting new Medicare patients is similar to the share accepting new patients with private insurance, with the only exception being the share of obstetricians and gynecologists accepting new Medicare patients (93%) is somewhat lower than the share accepting new privately-insured patients (99%).